Rauceby War Weekend celebrates county’s unique role

Rauceby War Weekend.'L-R Philip Wood, Dave Harper and William Elkington in William's 1943 Ford GPW Jeep.
Rauceby War Weekend.'L-R Philip Wood, Dave Harper and William Elkington in William's 1943 Ford GPW Jeep.
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Lincolnshire’s unique role in the Second World War will be marked with an event steeped in nostalgia.

Rauceby War weekend, from August 24 to 26, is a chance to take a look back through re-enactments, displays, music and sideshows to see how previous generations lived during the war years.

The event is the fifth held by the Military Vehicle Trust at Rauceby near Sleaford.

Grantham’s role as a command post in ‘Bomber County’ is well known and Rauceby was the location of an RAF hospital, where injured airmen were treated during the war.

Three charities will be supported by the event, the Royal British Legion, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Marie Curie.

A highlight on the Saturday night will be a 1940s dance with The Ashby Big Band, and entertainers Paul and Natasha Harper. Admission to the dance is by ticket only and costs £12.

The marquee venue for the dance will also host a social and dance evening on the Friday and cabaret night on Sunday, both of which are free. The marquee will also be used over the weekend for demonstrations including fashion shows, hair-styling and dancing.

All around the site on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10am to 5pm, will be the sights, sounds smell and feel of the past.

Re-enactors will parade in all types of uniforms from the Forties, and military vehicles and classic cars from the era will be on show.

Stall holders will be selling all manner of items associated with the war years and there will be an old-fashioned funfair for the children.

During the day, in the arena, a mock battle will be staged each day, vehicles will parade and a military band will play.

Flypasts by planes from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take place, weather permitting.

Admission to the war weekend is £5 on the gate (free for children aged under12 years) and pre-booked passes are available at a discount. For more details, go to the website at www.raucebywarweekend.co.uk